DeRozan scores 35 points, Raptors beat Bulls 124-115
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 04, 2018 11:44 AM
Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan (10) shoots over Chicago Bulls' Justin Holiday (7) as Denzel Valentine (45) and Robin Lopez watch during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in Chicago. The Raptors won 124-115. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
By Andrew Seligman, Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan had 35 points, Delon Wright set career-highs with 25 points and 13 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Chicago Bulls 124-115 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
DeRozan came up big again after scoring a franchise-record 52 points in a win over Milwaukee on New Year's Day (Jan. 2, PHL time). Held to nine in the first half this time, he scored 18 in the third quarter. He also shot 5-of-8 on three-pointers and converted all 10 free throws.
Wright had his first career double-double and hit four triples.
Serge Ibaka scored 16 points for Toronto. Fred VanVleet added 13 and the Raptors pulled away in the fourth quarter for their ninth win in 11 games.
Justin Holiday led Chicago with 26 points, and Lauri Markkanen added 22 points and 12 rebounds. Nikola Mirotic scored 20, but the Bulls dropped their third straight.
Chicago was leading 92-90 early in the fourth when Toronto went on a 16-2 run. Kyle Lowry hit a triple to make it 106-94 with 6:39 remaining, and the Raptors remained in control the rest of the way.
Raptors: Had dropped six straight at Chicago. ... Toronto was 19-of-19 at the foul line.
Bulls: Hope to decide on a return date for G Zach LaVine early next week. LaVine will travel with the team to games at Dallas and Indiana on Friday and Saturday (Saturday and Sunday, PHL time). Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg said the two-time slam dunk champion will meet with doctors, trainers, management and coaches after the Bulls return home. LaVine averaged 18.9 points in 47 games for Minnesota last season before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The Bulls acquired him along with Kris Dunn and Markkanen in the trade that sent Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves.
Raptors: Visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday (Saturday, PHL time).
Bulls: Visit the Dallas Mavericks on Friday (Saturday, PHL time).